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Old 08-02-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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I'm basically an "old hippie." I live in Florida, always have - these days I love sun dresses, flowing skirts and sandals. In "winter" I love my fancy embroidered cowboy boots with my pants and jeans. I never dress for fashion trends, always have marched to the beat of my own drum. That said, I never really look that "crazy" (for being a bohemian hippie gypsy type!) but I wear clothes one would not expect a person of my age to wear - and I DON'T CARE!
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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My wife, early 60's, loves wearing shorts in the summer and Wrangler jeans in the winter (that is, what winter we have here in northeast Florida). When I first met her in 2000, she was into C/W & Line Dancing and Squaredancing quite a bit and wore Western tops, Roper jeans and those "pointed" old fashion cowboy boots. Later, she changed from Roper jeans to Wrangler jeans........and, I bought her a pair of Lace-up Roper boots, like I wore. She loved both the jeans and the boots. Back then, the Lace-up Roper boots were just becoming increasingly popular. When I met her, I wasn't so much into C/W dancing as I was into pro-rodeo. She never wore any low-cut tops and still don't........as for me, I LIKE that! She loves wearing tennis shoes and sometimes a baseball cap........both are fine with me! She has a small assortment of "pumps", but hardly wearing them anymore, except to possibly Christmas Eve Service or Easter Sunday Service. The "Western wear" days are pretty much over now, so those clothes/boots are sitting in the closet just waiting for a trip to Las Vegas during a National Finals Rodeo weekend in December in the future. She doesn't overdo on the makeup and I love that as well!
Some lady "Boomers" (and older) can want to look to young (makeup/clothes) and, like some lady "Boomers" (and older) will say......"looks ridiculous", BUT........
Anyway, some ladies just want to look younger, sometimes much younger than they are, and they will get the stares/looks from folks, but they don't care.

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Old 08-02-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I just look better with it and will never forget my mother's mantra: A lady never leaves the house without her lipstick on. And even when I was a hippie, I never went that natural route as I always carried my lipstick in my pocket!
I hear you, but the cruel truth is that lipstick and eyeliner/mascara only look wonderful on those who are young and beautiful anyway (note I said "in general," ladies! ). Wearing makeup plays into our womanly sense of personal security and of course what advertising does to us.

I would like to hear from those potentially attracted to women whether they think lipstick, etc, in general, adds to the attractiveness of the middle-aged/older women. Also, whether they feel that "fashion" dressing influences their attraction to the older woman.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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As a man, I totally understand where you are coming from in your post below and THAT is why I 100% love the amount of makeup my wife uses.........not much! She does wear lipstick, but it's not the glossy type and it's fairly light in shade.
Now, on the other side of that coin, I don't think I'd want to see what Stevi Nicks would look like without makeup/lipstick on and she is in her early 60's. Another lady that might look "yikes" without makeup.........Jacqueline Smith who is also in her early 60's. If a lady who is 55+ has the facial looks and body for makeup/lipstick, but overdoing it could look _______ (you fill in the space).

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I hear you, but the cruel truth is that lipstick and eyeliner/mascara only look wonderful on those who are young and beautiful anyway (note I said "in general," ladies! ). Wearing makeup plays into our womanly sense of personal security and of course what advertising does to us.

I would like to hear from those potentially attracted to women whether they think lipstick, etc, in general, adds to the attractiveness of the middle-aged/older women. Also, whether they feel that "fashion" dressing influences their attraction to the older woman.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Being the drama-goth type, I love Hot Topic, goth clothing. Classic clothing is ghastly boring - might as well be wearing school uniforms all your life! It's unfortunate that clothing does define the person so some of us cannot run around in public dressed as we would wish. I also love high, high heels, leggings and animal print tops with lots of dangling jewelry: rather like the character, Mrs Dubcheck in Third Rock from the Sun. So alas, my typical go-in-public outfit is jeans and a enviro-wacko t-shirt for emphasis.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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I've never looked good in classic preppy style clothes. I don't know what to wear, never did! lol

In summer I like a cotton sundress with sandals or just shorts and a top with sandals. In winter it's cords with clogs--Stegmann boiled wool clogs are totally comfortable, good for your feet and they look fine, I think. I like cashmere sweaters because they are warm and don't itch. Jeans and tee shirts are a staple although I've switched from rounded neck T's to vee neck because I think that's more feminine and flattering on someone older.

My clothes come from either J. Jill (mostly when they have sales) and thrift stores with some TJ Maxx and Marshalls thrown in.

I am allergic to synthetics so everything is linen, cotton, silk, cashmere, some wool. Whatever, as long as it's not that yucky slimy polyester.

Shoes--I stopped wearing really high heels when I was about 18--wore some to a wedding and ended up going to a foot doctor! Never again. I will wear Mary Jane type shoes that are flats or something with a small heel. I hate sneakers, they are uncomfortable on me. But I LOVE my Stegmann clogs.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Lipstick and all that

I really envy those of you who wear the sundresses. I just was never able to pull that off. My 2 sisters do and look great.

I was a swimmer in my tween and teen years so I always felt I had these huge shoulders - they're not but I was self conscious.

As far as lipstick went, I've never really worn it. As a child, I was teased about my huge lips and lipstick just accentuates that more and to think that people actually want that look now. Amazing.

Anytime I would get my makeup done (wedding, etc), my children would be like "Mom, you look good but not like yourself!!" so who knows. My mom and sisters are always - don't forget your lipstick type people.

When I was about 38 or so and I wore shorts on the weekends quite a bit, I remember my father taking me aside and telling me that it was time to put away the shorts. Since I always thought my legs were one of my better features, I was shocked to say the least. I haven't worn a pair of shorts since that time, though. (He made me feel very self conscious about it and I figured, if he said something and he never usually did, there must be something to it!!).

I was never a hippe type; my sibs are all younger than me so I was a late bloomer and missed a lot but we did a lot as a family and I cherish those moments!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I vote for the baggy jeans style worn by younger people. As soon as they come out with a line for us (Grey Gang Jeans), the kids will stop wearing them. <kidding>

My "fashion":

It has to go in the washing machine. (most important on the list)
It shouldn't require an iron since I don't own one.
I don't have to go to a store to buy it.
It has to be comfortable.
I have to be able to spray OFF! on it in the summer when I'm out in the woods or in the refuges or anytime outdoors at night in the summer when the bugs are hungry.
When I find something I like, I buy multiples in different colors - that goes for shoes, too.
The only time I look at labels is when I want to buy another of something I already have and have to check the size and brand.
Tops have to be short sleeved or three-quarters. (my arms are too short for long sleeves)
The only thing I put on my face is sunscreen. No one will be frightened when the make-up comes off since I've never worn any except in the old days, some blush to look healthy.
I never wear any jewelry except a watch.
I only carry a pocketbook when I play slots. I've had the same one for 5 years since I don't go to the casino that often soooooo...
Pants have to have pockets. I haven't worn anything but pants since I left the workforce.
In my whole life, I've never had my hair "done" for an event. That includes my wedding. I get a haircut when I need it and dye it myself. The person who cuts my hair is not allowed to spray anything on it.
I've had the same haircut, different lengths, for the last 20 years. It's blow dry styled. No curling iron, no rollers. It's shorter in the summer.

Not looking to impress/attract anyone...or go shopping.
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I vote for the baggy jeans style worn by younger people. As soon as they come out with a line for us (Grey Gang Jeans), the kids will stop wearing them. <kidding>

My "fashion":
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I don't have to go to a store to buy it.
So where do you get your clothes if you don't go to a store? You mean thrift shops?

And as for the jeans that the younger set wear--have you looked lately? Skinny Jeans are the norm, no more baggy (unless you're a guy in a gang or something.)
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:23 AM
 
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I don't miss the classic since I'm still wearing them today. Being allergic to synthetic, all my clothes are in natural fabrics. Linen, cotton, silk, wool, cashmere, camel. Tiny polka dot or white linen boat-neck shifts, white shirts with or without cuffs, herringbone blazers, straight cut black trousers, turtleneck sweaters. Don't have a navy pea coat, but I do have double-breasted trench coats in navy, black, and beige. Shoes? I stopped wearing high heels (both on boots and dress shoes) 10 years ago so only loafers now. Chanel No 5? Never been without it for the last 40 years.

Of course, I also wear jeans, T-shirts and sneakers, but nothing with logos or designer names prominently displayed.

(Note: Post by Charles' better half)
I have gone looking for fine fabrics and cannot find any. Even the wools and cottons of today are not the quality of the clothes in the 1960's. And there are no more real boutiques where I live . . .

These days I wear capris in the summer and jeans in the winter. I am a big sweater person and have a big collection and a few favorites . . . I think the clothing of today is very boring . . .no style . . . no special design . . . the sewing is mass produced, not hand-crafted or not even mass produced ala important design features . . . no double-stitching, etc.

Blah!!!!!

I am at the low end of the economic scale and if my lot ever improves, one of the first things I will do is seek out colorful, organic clothing - with style - on the Internet. I know there are cool things out there, they are just not in the stores I frequent. Maybe there are some fabulous stores in big cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco???
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